2022 Pitch for the Foundations
Presented in Partnership with the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation
The primary goal of Pitch for the Foundations is to create opportunities
for College and Foundation Leadership to accelerate their success.
NACCE's Pitch for the Foundations, presented in parntership with the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation, is a brand new initiative that NACCE will pilot at its 2022 Annual Conference and 20th Anniversary Celebration in Boston, Massachusetts, October 2-5. The Pitch competition will take place on Monday, October 4. Project ideas pitched at this event have a shot at winning up to $50,000 of a total prize fund of $150,000.
Move your college fundraising and programming from transactional to transformational. Elevate and innovate workforce development, student success, and personnel engagement. Develop progressive solutions, and fund them with winnings from Pitch for the Foundations this fall!
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NACCE's Pitch for the Foundations Info Sheet.
Pitch For The Foundation - Judges Rubric
August 1, 2022: Application period opens. A link to the application will be live on this site.
September 12, 2022, 5:00 PM, PT: Application deadline. Applications submitted should include a 1-page detailed budget, college name and mailing address, lead contact, project title, 3-line project description, and the amount of funding needed to launch your project. To be eligible, your college must be a NACCE member and at least one-person from the pitch/project team must be registered to attend NACCE 2022, October 2-5, either in-person or virtually.
September 14, 2022, 5:00 PM, ET: Semi-finalists announced. Semi-final teams will pitch virtually on September 19 before a judging panel. Virtual meeting details will be sent to semi-finalists after announcement.
September 19, 2022: Semi-final virtual competition. Each team will have 5-minutes to pitch, and 3-minutes for Q & A. This is your team’s opportunity to expand your story and give details about the challenge your project is working to solve and its college, community, or economic impact. Tell us why this project matters to your college and/or community. Remember, this is your time to use your public speaking, communications and entrepreneurial thinking skills to pitch your story. Make it compelling and engaging!
September 21, 2022, 5:00 PM, ET: Final team selection announced. Top 5-6 teams selected will advance to the final Pitch for the Foundations competition. We are hopeful you are able to join us in-person in Boston, however, if that is not an option, we will ensure you are able to pitch virtually.
October 4, 2022: The finalists’ 3-minute pitches will be presented to a panel of in-person judges and NACCE conference attendees on TUESDAY, October 4th at the NACCE 20th Annual Conference (Boston, Massachusetts, and streamed to virtual attendees). All finalists must be available for this live round that includes a 5-minute Q & A session and for the award announcements, which will take place in a subsequent main-stage session. Virtual accommodations will be made for presenters who are unable to participate in-person. Time of sessions TBA.
We want you to be as prepared as possible when you complete and submit your application! Here is an overview of the questions to answer:
Contact information for the application & institution
Pitch Project Title
Pitch Project Description (short overview)
What problem or challenge is this project working to solve for the institution and/or community?
How might your project provide a solution to the problem or challenge?
How much funding is required to execute your project?
What is the anticipated timeline?
How will the project be sustained in the future?
For more information about Pitch for the Foundations, contact the NACCE team.